Chief of Naval Reserves: 1990 - 1994
Captain the Honourable Richard Worth OBE KSJ VRD* RNZNVR
Captain the Honourable Richard Worth OBE KSJ VRD was the Chief of Naval Reserves from 1 July 1990 until 2 July 1994.
He joined the RNZNVR in March 1968 as an ordinary seaman and was awarded the prize for the Best Rating on Course at HMNZS Tamaki in May 1968. Commissioned on 1 January 1970 he was appointed Executive Officer of HMNZS NGAPONA in February 1984 and Commanding Officer in January 1987. He was awarded the Volunteer Reserve Decoration in 1983 and the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) in 1993. Subsequently in 2008 he was knighted in the Venerable Order of St John of Jerusalem.
Captain Worth secured an SDML Command Certificate in 1977 and an Ocean Navigation Certificate in December 1979. In December 1982 he secured a Minor Vessel Command Certificate and was one of the first RNZNVR officers to do so. In May 1987 he was the Officer in Tactical Command of the Reserve Squadron Training Period in the Marlborough Sounds a role which had not been undertaken by a Reserve officer for many years.
He was instrumental in a number of changes in the RNZNVR. In the context of NGAPONA that included reorganisation of recruiting systems and the implementation of co-ordinated training. In the wider context he produced the first RNZN video training film with staff from the Training and Technology School dealing with visual and blind pilotage practices
Strongly committed to strengthening links between the Reserve Divisions he was responsible for implementing the annual Whangaparaoa training weekend with the other divisions. He saw the benefits of a closer relationship with the RANR and not only organised joint training periods in Sydney and Auckland with the support of the then NRA but also sought RNZNVR participation in the RANR Staff course which finally occurred in 1988. He was involved with the RNZN in the 1988 and 1989 decisions which led to the setting up of the Port Headquarters in Tauranga.
As the Chief of Naval Reserves he had to confront the circumstances where fiscal constraints had the potential to impact adversely on the effectiveness and efficiency of the RNZNVR. He led the Reserve in the focus on the outputs of Mine Counter Measures and Naval Control of Shipping and the need to reduce infrastructure costs.
A partner in the national law firm of Simpson Grierson specialising in commercial litigation he actively participated in related professional activities - serving on a number of Law Society Committees, the panel of Courts Martial Counsel and the governing board of the New Zealand Law Society, His interest in international trade saw him take office as Chairman of the Korean NZ Business Council, the Hong Kong NZ Business Association and the India Trade Group.
In 1999 he entered politics and served as a member of the Executive Council and Minister of the Crown in the National Government which came into power in 2009. He resigned from Parliament to resume his involvement in business and was reappointed Consul of Monaco by the Principality a post he had previously held.
His interests include mountain climbing (with high altitude ascents in the Himalayas, Africa and the Andes), boating and writing. He is married with one daughter.